Outlaw glyphosate and its derivatives

Vijay Kumar HK
Contd from previous issue
Even the majority of agriculture universities in the nation have shown in their research that millets, fruits and vegetables have higher levels of pesticide residues.On the other side the survival rate of animals, including birds, exposed to glyphosate was observed to have dramatically decreased. The International Agencies for Research on Cancer long ago categorised glyphosate as carcinogenic.There are long-term detrimental effects for honey bees and farmers friendly earthworms, as well as water bodies have major health risks from this weedicide. Scientists discovered solid proof that this substance damaged DNA in human and in addition to enough proof that it also caused cancer in birds, water bodies and animals.The chemical can also cause oxidative stress and genetic damage in cells as per research.The Australian Chemical Agency discovered that glyphosate causes serious eye damage and is hazardous to aquatic species over the long term. In a study conducted by the IISC, IITs and top agricultural universities of the country exhibits that glyphosate has interference with the liver, kidney function.Glyphosate has been banned  restricted in more than 45 countries, according to International Pesticide control board.Despite a long-standing demand from social activists in our country, the central government has refrained from outright prohibiting it. Previous field experience has amply demonstrated that, despite glyphosate's restriction to tea plantations, it was illegally applied to a variety of crops throughout the nation. It might be possible to prevent the unauthorised use of this harmful weedicide by enforcing a total ban. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Center should immediately ban glyphosate in the forms of pesticides, weedicides, herbicides, and residues for good cause.